For Parents: Handshake Is The Place To Start For Career Information

A pressing question for many families is “how can my student find a future career after their time at Temple?”  The Temple University Career Center is a key resource for all Temple University students, at all times in their experience.  The University Career Center manages Handshake, which is the primary destination for applying to jobs and internships targeted to Temple students, registering for Career Fairs and professional development events, and booking time for a Career Coaching appointment.

Your student already has access to Handshake with their AccessNet credentials, but there are a few things to do to get their account optimized, and then to apply to opportunities effectively.  Here are three key links to share with your student from Handshake:

If your student has any questions, they can visit us online to find our contact information and get their question answered.

Beware of Fraudulent Emails About Jobs and Internships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All members of the Temple community should be aware of fraudulent emails being masked under Temple or Handshake email accounts. These emails often promise high paying jobs with minimal work required, such as picking up packages, running errands, or purchasing money orders. Here is a copy of the most recent email from Temple IT Security on this subject for your reference: https://systemstatus.temple.edu/system_status/item?id=472&o=0

If you have any concern that you have received a fraudulent email please report it to IT Security and Do Not reply to the email. If you have questions or concerns about an email you have received the Career Center is always happy to help. Feel free to contact Kelly Hart or Erin Lemons at 215-204-7981.

Please note, the Career Center thoroughly vets both employers and career opportunities within the Handshake system. However, we highly encourage you to conduct your own research on the opportunities you apply for. Our online approval does not indicate endorsement of an employer, product, or service. Here are a few red flags of a potentially fraudulent job or internship:

  • The hourly pay seems “too good to be true” ($20.00+/hour)
  • The employer contacts you via text message, with no in-person contact
  • The employer claims to be “out of town/out of the country” and needs you to run errands for them
  • The employer asks you to send them money or offers to send you a check in advance of completing any work

If you have any questions or are concerned about any opportunities on Handshake, please contact the Career Center before applying.

Sincerely,

The Temple University Career Center

Costume Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? This Temple student did that, and more, at her summer internship!

Theater, Film and Media Arts student, Sarah McKenzie, is planning to graduate with a B.A. in Theater focusing in Costume Design in May of 2020.  This past summer she interned at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Read more to learn about Sarah’s experience…

Spotlight Questions:

Major/Graduation year

Theater Major (Focus in Costume Design), Art Minor. Expected Graduation May 2020

What organization is your internship with?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

What semester did you do this internship?

Summer 2018

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

Intern in The Costume & Textiles Curatorial Department.

There was no typical day in the C&T Department, but my job did include pulling and returning objects to/from storage, labeling items, some small sewing projects, and dressing mannequins! One project that I did spend a few days on was pulling over 400 hats from storage to measure them and then inputting that measurement data into the museum’s database. The Department is currently preparing for two exhibitions that open in the fall, so things are very busy!

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I was self-inspired to look into the PMA’s internship opportunities because of the museum’s incredible collection of costumes and textiles, and I hoped to examine the work of great designers, as well as historical dress, up close. To apply I sent my resume and a short essay describing why I believed I would be a good candidate for the Museum Studies Internship. I also sent two letters of recommendation. After applying I was invited for an interview about a month and a half later. About another month and a half after interviewing, I was offered the internship.

How has your internship related to your course work?

I have focused my studies on Costume Design and Production, so I came into the internship with a significant amount of knowledge of the historical dress and practical sewing. I have applied these skills in sewing undergarments for display pieces and using my knowledge of historical fashion to inform research. I have also learned a significant amount about garment construction from observing and handling garments up close, and the internship has opened the door for me to apply my passion for costume and garments to a whole other career.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

To make connections! SO many people are ready and willing to help you out if only you ask them.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Think creatively about where to apply for an internship! Consider your relevant skill set and think about where those skills could be applied!

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

This was my first internship while attending Temple, but I’ve learned that it’s important to put effort into your application and heavily research the company or institution you are applying to. If you go into an interview knowledgeable and excited about the company, it will impress your interviewer and show you are serious about interning with them!

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

Instagram; @sarahmcki

Networking Helped This Owl Land His Internship

The Career Center recently connected with Klein School of Media and Communications, junior, Kevin Zabel about his past internship at the Brownstein Group. Read on to learn more about the unique way that Kevin landed his internship. Sometimes utilizing the people around you can pay off…

Kevin Zabel outside of his internship at the Brownstein Group

Major/Graduation year

  • Advertising / 2020

What organization is your internship with?

  • Brownstein Group

What semester did you do this internship?

  • Summer 2018

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

  • I was an Account Management / New Business intern at an advertising agency in center city. I assisted the New Business team. Our main job is to be the first people in contact with new clients who reach out to the agency, and we facilitate the whole process of acquiring those companies. Each member of the New Business team also has their own accounts and clients that they work with on the side as well. A typical day would be working on my final project – a research project for a client – and to aid in various background research and compilation of the research into formal word documents.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

  • I found out about this opportunity from a mentor. The interview process was fairly standard, but as I was studying abroad in Italy during the semester, that made it tricky for me. I knew that since I am young and wasn’t able to come for an in-person interview, these would be obstacles, so I set up an informational interview with the agency ahead of time. This way, they could see me in person before I left for Rome. The formal application started with a resume and cover letter submission, and I followed up with an online interview a while later, once the applicant pool was sifted through. Then, I heard a few weeks later that I was offered the internship.

How has your internship related to your course work?

  • This has been my first internship in a setting where I plan to work, and my classwork has provided me with nearly all the basic information that I needed to have in order to be an effective worker. I was able to see concepts I have learned about over and over in the classroom, and now I have finally seen them in action.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

  • This may be an unconventional way to answer the question, but the most important thing I’ve learned during my internship is that advertising really is the field that I want to go into when I am older. I started out at Temple as a marketing major but always longed for the creativity that came with advertising. I had more exposure to a business career setting in high school, with less exposure to a career like advertising, and now that I have seen it firsthand for an extended period of time, I can see that I made the right choice by switching majors.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

  • If you are better in person than on paper, or just have a personality that draws people to you, then try to meet possible employers in person before they decide whether or not to hire you. People only can look so good on a resume, but great personalities stand out much more, and if employers interview someone that they genuinely like, they will want to hire them. So utilize your witty sense of humor or charming personality, because it could take you far.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

  • Yes, and although I was abroad while I needed to prepare for my application and interviews, I had a great friend in Rome with me who works as a Career Ambassador for the Career Center and she always was more than willing to help me with my resume and cover letters and anything in between. If I were on campus I would have happily gone to the career center for help, but luckily my friend was there to help.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

  • One huge thing that I have learned during my time at Temple about obtaining jobs is that networking takes you extremely far, even farther than good grades. Networking is one of the main reasons to go to college, and it really leads to huge opportunities. Networking events, in particular, are always worth the effort to go because you have nothing to lose by going to events and meeting new people who are eager to learn and work hard. And possibly even help you out.

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

  • Twitter: @kevinzabel_
  • Instagram: @kevinzabel

Tips and Tricks for Building a Great Resume or Cover Letter

by laura craig, associate director of career development, temple university career center

If you’re working on a resume or cover letter, there can be a lot happening on your screen.  Most importantly, you’re working hard to create great content that describes your experiences, and then trying to organize that content in a way that makes sense to your audience.  That’s a tough job! If you’re using Microsoft Word, it’s easy to miss several features that make managing your document, and how it looks, much easier.

The easiest way to learn about these features is to make use of your access to Lynda.com and catch up on some short training videos. 

You can access Lynda.com through TUPortal.  Look for the link in the TUApplications menu on the left side of the page.  Once you are in Lynda.com, search for the following courses:

  • Word Quick Tips
  • Word Essential Training

Each course is made up of a number of videos.  Based on our experiences with students, the following videos are the most helpful for common issues.  These videos are only accessible to Temple University users.

Word Quick Tips Course:

Word Essential Training (Office 365) Course:

Beyond Lynda.com, Temple ITS Office 365 Support is another great resource to help you.

How much does resume formatting actually matter?

The way your format your professional documents does not guarantee that you’ll get the interview, or the job. Improving your document formatting can:

  • Make relevant content easier for recruiters to find and read.
  • Create an aesthetically pleasing look to your document, which can boost your own confidence in the document.
  • Help you effectively communicate relevant content in one page, which is the most widely used and appropriate length for a college student’s resume or cover letter.
  • Make it less stressful to update your professional documents, so it is more likely you’ll update them regularly.

Now that you have a great looking professional document, what should you do with it?  You can always bring a resume, cover letter, or personal statement to the Career Center to be reviewed in a coaching appointment.  Once you have some feedback, and you’ve implemented it, why not upload your document to Handshake to apply for a job or internship?  The opportunities are waiting!

The First Time Was The Charm For This Temple Senior!

Temple senior computer science major Byron Jenkins landed an internship with TD Bank last summer after attending his first (!!) career fair in the spring! That’s not all he’s been up to during his time at Temple…read on to learn more about Byron’s story…

TD Bank recently featured Byron in promoting its internship program.

Major/Graduation year:

Computer Science / 2019

What organization was your internship with?

TD Bank

What semester did you do this internship?

2018 Summer

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

My job as a Technology Intern was to redesign TD’s online credit card platform as a Proof of Concept. Each day during the summer internship, I worked not only with my peers, but with leaders of the organization.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I discovered this opportunity during the CST Job Fair last Spring. It was the first job fair I have ever attended. I spoke with the recruiter, expressing my passion in technology and he suggested that I apply. There was an on-campus interview then a super-day interview hosted at the office (in my case, Wilmington Delaware). You are there with other potential interns and there are three rounds of interviews. It sound intimidating, but as long as you are able to talk about your experience, those three rounds will be completed before you know it. Many people, including myself, sometimes overthink the interview process. You know what kind of questions you may face, and you have an idea of what kind of answers they are looking for. The critical part about it is HOW you present those answers.

How has your internship related to your course work?

This internship involved Web/Mobile Development and it touched the surface of Software Architecture. I had the privilege to work with an Architect. I also received college credits for this experience.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

The most important thing I have learned from the internship was how to manage being uncomfortable. I was exposed to tools and technologies I had no experience using. This uncomfortableness urged me to learn and adapt.

Have you used the Temple University Career Center’s services and resources, or attended events?

I have attended multiple events and I had my resume reviewed several times.

Did the Career Center assist you in any way in finding this internship, applying, interviewing, etc.?

When I had multiple offers, I consulted with the Career Center staff to review my options.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Research the company you are interviewing for, understand their mission statement and/or slogan and question how do your skills apply. Look up current events that catches your interest and mention it during the interview. For example, if you are interested in Cybersecurity, look up the company’s current events that mentions cybersecurity. At that point, not only are you presenting your skills, but you are displaying your knowledge about the company.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

It is a competitive field in my major. We all are dashing towards opportunities. I learned how to differentiate myself from others. I have my own interests, preferences, experiences, and my passion is unique. I constantly remind myself that and showcase that to recruiters/employers.

Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames? Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

My username on Twitter and Instagram is @codeherk

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn: Byron Jenkins

Also, I just released my game, Huelo, for iOS devices that focuses on color coordination. It is free to download and play.

Check out Byron’s new game in the app store!

This Owl Networked Her Way to Capitol Hill

Kimberly Burton scored an internship with the National Journalism Center that combined both her majors in Political Science and Journalism. This internship fueled both of her passions and allowed her to hone in her writing skills.  Read more to learn about Kimberly’s experience…

Kimberly Burton

Major/Graduation year: Journalism and Political Science, 2020

What organization is your internship with? National Journalism Center (placement at Newsmax)

What semester did you do this internship? Summer 2018

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

As a National Journalism Center intern, I am placed at Newsmax under the Chief Political and White House Correspondent John Gizzi. I work with him four days a week, and I could be doing anything from interviewing individuals on Capitol Hill, attending meetings, writing articles, or even going to the White House. One day a week I attend special programming at the National Journalism Center offices where they bring in industry professionals to teach us about different aspects of journalism and communications.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I found out about this opportunity through an organization called Young America’s Foundation (YAF) which is the parent organization for NJC. I was attending a YAF conference last summer and I was able to speak with representatives from the organization.

After I applied, I was contacted about conducting an interview. I completed a phone interview and then heard back later on in the spring semester.

How has your internship related to your course work?

As a journalism and political science double major, it’s been really great to work in political journalism. I’ve been able to apply not only my research and writing skills from my journalism classes but also knowledge from my political science classes. I’m extremely interested in US government and also foreign relations so I’ve been able to cover both and meet individuals involved in both areas.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

I’ve learned a lot through course work, but the most important thing I’ve learned is how to improve my writing skills, network, etc. At my internship program, I participate in Friday seminar days at the headquarters, but I also took an optional long-form/investigative writing night class! All these things have definitely improved my skills in order to be a better journalist!

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

It can sometimes be hard to find an internship that fits your needs or career goals, but really searching and speaking with other people or attending events can help you find that dream internship.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

I think the main things I’ve learned is the importance of internships since internships and real-life experience really make the difference between you and another student’s application/resume.

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

Twitter: @KimberlyBurton_

Have You Considered National Service After Graduation?

by holly logan, outreach specialist, temple university career center

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Have you considered a year (or two) of national or international service after you graduate from Temple University?

There are many organizations that offer unique opportunities to gain professional development and experience while also offering the flexibility of a short-term experience.

Ten months with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) involves direct service, where you get to work with a team of 18-24 year olds on 4-6 projects throughout a designated region in the country. And there’s FEMA Corps for AmeriCorps NCCC teams who are selected to primarily respond to natural and man-made disasters.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Teach for America, Peace Corps, Quaker Voluntary Service – the list goes on. With some of these, you’re serving as an individual Corps member with a non-profit, school, or faith-based organization. Some have direct service opportunities to do the “on-the-ground” work that the organization leads, whether related to education, public health, homelessness, environment, and more; others have capacity building work which allows you to be more “behind-the-scenes”, developing programs, connecting with resources, etc.

For some service-minded individuals, there’s also the option of applying to a fellowship program, which usually have 1-2-year roles with non-profits or government entities, domestic and overseas. There’s more info about those options on the Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising website: http://www.temple.edu/vpus/fellowships/undergrad-opportunities/social-political.htm.

As with any phase in your professional life, there are some financial factors to consider for these options. Most programs offer a stipend and education award to re-pay student loans or put towards further higher education. Some also offer food, healthcare and housing as part of the benefits package. You have to do your research and decide what works best for your lifestyle!

If you ever want to talk about any of the national service opportunities, feel free to email me at holly@temple.edu and we can set up some time to talk.

Spotting Fraudulent Employers and Job Postings

by shannon conklin, interim director of the temple university career center

The recent phishing scam/spam email messages that were posing as a non-existing “Job Placement and Student Services” office at Temple is an excellent reminder of why to exercise caution when an opportunity seems too good to be true.

Here at the Temple University Career Center (note, this is the legitimate, university-wide career services office on campus), we want to share a few important reminders and tips.

First, keep in mind that Handshake is the university-wide internship and professional job database. The Career Center’s Employer Partnerships team thoroughly vets both employers and career opportunities within the Handshake system. There are other platforms on campus, as well.  These include FoxNet, KleinConnect, and STHM’s Passport.  We highly encourage you to conduct your own research on the opportunities you apply for on Handshake, and other university systems.  In the Career Center, our online approval does not indicate endorsement of an employer, product, or service.

Second, there are a few red flags of a potentially fraudulent job or internship:

  • The hourly pay seems “too good to be true” ($20.00+/hour or $200 quick).
  • The employer contacts you via text message, with no in-person contact.
  • The employer claims to be “out of town/out of the country” and needs you to run errands for them.
  • The employer asks you to send them money or offers to send you a check in advance of completing any work.
  • There is language that generally seems off and not properly formatted.

Other precautions you can take:

  • Do not click links that are found in these questionable messages.
  • Research company websites thoroughly.
  • Use social media to research each employer, and websites such as Glassdoor.com for feedback and complaints.
  • Be cognizant of unsolicited emails that are not specifically directed to you. For example, they may simply say “hello”.
  • Do not share personal information (social security numbers, banking information, credit card numbers, passwords, birthday, mother’s maiden name, etc).

Click here to view a complete list of red flags to consider. If you have any questions or are concerned about any opportunities on Handshake, please contact the Career Center before applying.

Temple Intern Wins Case Competition During His First Internship

College of Science and Technology student, Alankato Cobb Jr., is planning to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience in 2021.  This past summer he interned on the medical and scientific affairs team at Novo Nordisk.  Read more to learn about Alankato’s experience…

Alankato after the case competition

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail?

I was an intern for the medical and scientific affairs team in the clinical, medical and regulatory department at Novo Nordisk. More specifically in this department, I worked with medical directors on our insulin portfolio. Every day varied. However, for the most part, I attended meetings with different departments in the organization; shadowing different areas. I also attended employee resource groups meetings and worked on several projects throughout the summer. A large project included a clinical experience forum, for which I gathered several health care prescribers that prescribed one of our products, and set up a conference in Nebraska to which I also got to attend and chair. The second biggest project was Novo Nordisk’s Innovation in Action Case Competition. We worked on developing an innovative solution throughout the last ten weeks on an issue facing Novo Nordisk.  There were eight groups of eight interns, and my team placed first.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I am connected to an employee that works at Novo Nordisk. She told me that I should apply for the internship program and I did, and thankfully got in. The interview process was split into two rounds. The first round I met with a hiring team member to answer some questions, over the phone. We were selected from this round into the next, where I then interviewed with my manager and her manager as well to again answer questions. This was done via Skype. The interview process was a little difficult for me since this was my first internship but by the second round, I believe I did pretty well.

How has your internship related to your course work?

So far I have taken science and math classes, and those have helped me to understand the products that Novo Nordisk creates. For instance, when studying up on the insulin products, I was able to understand the chemical knowledge that I was reading up on. Also, I was able to see the insides of an actual pharmaceutical company and how all the components of Novo work. More specifically I worked with physicians on different medical matters within the industry. I have met people with backgrounds I am seeking to pursue and it very much made me even more excited about the classes I am taking and the career path I am pursuing.

 

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

During my internship, I have definitely learned how pharma can directly impact the patients for which they create products for. Novo Nordisk was not just a business but an organization that wants to truly help all of their patients through many resources. I also learned the different business paths that physicians can take, and it really broadened my horizon on career paths that I can pursue. Finally, the most important thing I learned was how to contribute and be a team player for group tasks. Many of my projects included group work and it was very eye-opening on the different challenges and benefits of group projects. Seeing and being a part of the processes where groups interconnected to reach a common goal was very cool.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

I believe establishing connections with people can go a long way. I was able to apply and thankfully get this internship at Novo Nordisk because of the connections I had previously. So definitely put yourself out there and try to create networks with different people, not just in your desired field but all over.

Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

Instagram : aj.cxx